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Politics Tue, 3 Dec 2019

Akufo-Addo lied, we never met to discuss referendum – Asiedu Nketia

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General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Mr Johnson Asiedu, has openly branded the President, H.E Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo "a liar" for the latter's comments during a recent national broadcast about a supposed meeting to discuss the referendum.

According to him, he was surprised to hear the President say, the NDC had met with him to discuss the referendum and that the NDC had indicated its intention to vote and campaign for YES.

Speaking on Okay FM’s "Ade Akye Abia" programme, the NDC stalwart posited that "if the President has found sense and reasoning in their argument against the referendum and has finally withdrawn it," he should stick to his position rather than attack the NDC unnecessarily.

"There was never a national consensus or discussion on the referendum as the President wants to put it. Of course, you may have met with our flagbearer and former president, John Dramani Mahama for about thirty (30) minutes or so but that does not mean there was a consensus on the referendum," he stated.

He also added that the NDC had never agreed to support the referendum as the NPP wants Ghanaians to believe.

"If somebody goes to a programme and states his personal opinion on an issue, it doesn’t represent the position of the party," he pointed out.

Mr Asiedu Nketia was reacting to claims that the opposition party betrayed a consensus arrived at by all stakeholders following its decision to canvas a "NO" vote.



'YES'...NDC & NPP Agree

Quite recently, at a public forum organized by the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG) on behalf of the NDC, Edem Agbana, Deputy Youth Organizer of the NDC, suggested that the opposition party was in full support of "YES" vote in the Referendum which seeks to allow participation of political parties in election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).

"This is one of the topics that both the NDC and the NPP seem to be in agreement, so I would not want to talk too much about the advantages of a multi-party election at the local assemblies. We are urging our members and we have asked all our members to also go out and vote for "YES" when the opportunity presents itself," Edem Agbana reportedly said at the IDEG meeting.

Not NDC's Position

But the NDC Chief Scribe dismissed the comments insisting they are not a representation of his opinion and by extension, that of the NDC. He added that Mr Agbana rather expressed his personal views.

Source: peacefmonline.com
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